20 Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the Sixties That You've Never Heard

We praised them 45 years ago — and you should listen to them today!

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Area Code 615, 'Area Code 615'
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Area Code 615, 'Area Code 615'

Comprised of an all-star team of Nashville session musicians, Area Code 615's self-titled debut presents meticulous, country-fried covers of tracks like the Beatles' "Hey Jude" and Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman." The supergroup lasted just two albums and one semi-hit single ("Stone Fox Chase") before every member went back to work: Harmonica player and guitarist Charlie McCoy contributed on everything from Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline to Ween's 12 Golden Country Greats; guitarist Mac Gayden co-wrote the hit song "Everlasting Love"; and drummer Kenny Buttrey appeared on a trio of Neil Young albums including Harvest and Tonight's the Night.

What We Said Then: "It's all there – near flawless drumming with licks straight out of west Memphis and Chicago; bass and piano from Muscle Shoals… the result is one of the most enjoyable and stimulating instrumental albums to appear in quite a while. More than a gimmicky self-conscious marriage of divergent root influences, 615 is a remarkable illustration of the scope and genius of the new Nashville cats. In short, a damn fine album." By John Grissim, December 13th, 1969

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